Gabe Konrad, of Bay Leaf Books in Sand Lake, Michigan, has informed me of a new Web site he's launched devoted to bookseller labels. He writes, "I wanted a place where I could post interesting label news and keep a current list of links." Have a look at www.booksellerlabels.com and see if you agree with me that he's off to a fine start. I'll certainly be checking in regularly to see what's new. He has some great examples and helpful information on this diminutive paper collectible.
From time to time, I feature a few bookseller labels on this blog--those tiny, stamp-sized stickers that advertise a bookseller's business. You usually find them in older books affixed to a lower corner of either the front or rear endpaper. Some examples from my small collection are shown below.
Here's a few other collections that I've referenced before, which you'll also find on Konrad's site: Seven Roads Gallery of Book Trade Labels and the massive collection of Austrian collector, Reinhard Öhlberger, who has what is likely the largest collection of these labels--more than 24,000. Sarah Faragher's collection is also noteworthy, and I've corresponded with a Dutch collector, whose collection is extremely impressive.
But check out www.booksellerlabels.com for much more on this interesting collectible from booksellers both long gone and still with us.
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